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Silver Beaver Nominations Due By March 31, 2021

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is presented to adults who have significantly contributed to the Scouting program over a longer period of time in a manner showing an exceptional personal commitment to youth and Scouting.  The award...

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Service Centers Resuming Regular Hours Starting Monday, March 1

Starting on Monday, March 1, the Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers will be returning to our regular 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM operating hours.  We will continue to have a minimal number of staff members working each day in our Service Centers, with most of our staff working each day remotely.  All of our staff...

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What You Need To Know About Camp Medical Forms

We’re mere months away from the summer. We will do our best to keep Scouts safe from  COVID. While it’s too early to pack your bags and load the trailer, the time is right for one essential step in summer Scouting preparation. It’s time for all summer camp participants youth and adults  stay in camp...

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Boys’ Life is now Scout Life – New Name, Same Great Magazine

Your Scout found a surprise when his or her latest issue of Boys’ Life arrived: a special collector’s edition revealing the new name of the Boy Scouts of America’s premier youth publication. Scout Life represents all of the magazine’s readers, providing the same great content enjoyed over the past 110 years. In the January-February 2021...

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Proposed Eagle Scout Required Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Merit Badge Delayed

The introduction of the proposed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion merit badge is being delayed to allow for the careful consideration and evaluation of feedback received from a wide variety of commenters on the draft requirements. Until further notice, all Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank should continue to use current rank requirements. Once the...

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OA Temporary Camping Requirement Changes

Current OA publications require the following camping requirement for eligibility to be elected into the OA: Have experienced 15 nights of Scout camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of...

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Out-of-State Volunteers Coming to NBOF Camps In 2021

Out-of-state Scouting volunteers are not required under PA law to have the same background clearances as PA-resident volunteers do.  Out-of-state Scouting volunteers can supervise their Scouts for any timeframe between one and 30 days. Out-of-state Volunteer 30 Day Provisional Period: The “single period, not to exceed 30 days” has been interpreted to mean one single...

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Service Center and Scout Shop Holiday Hours

The Mechanicsburg and York Service Centers and Scout Shops will be closed on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Both Service Centers will be open Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31 for our normal operating hours (currently 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM due to COVID restrictions).  Both Service Centers...

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